Consumer Reports pulls recommendation for Camry, Prius V, and RAV4

Article by Anita Panait, on October 30, 2013

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendation on three of Toyota Motor Corp's vehicles, after they received poor crash test results. The magazine said it will no longer recommend the Toyota Camry, Prius V or RAV4 sport utility vehicle since they received "poor" ratings in a small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, remarked that after a year of the small overlap testing and over 50 vehicles tested – a number of which did adequately – the influential magazine is now making the shift and pulling recommendations from any car that gets a poor" rating. Fisher disclosed that virtually every family sedan has undergone the test and the Camry was the only one that received a 'poor' rating.

He remarked that “at this point,” Consumer Reports cannot continue to recommend people to buy a Camry when there are other vehicles that fared better on the test.

The IIHS, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, included in 2012 the small overlap test -- involving only a front corner of a vehicle -- in its barrage of crash tests. Consumer Reports waited to adjust its recommendations until it saw how the entire auto industry was affected by the small overlap test. It also does not recommend any vehicle that got poor scores in any of the crash tests.

The freshly-released Toyota Prius V, with "v" conveying the car’s flexibility, will address the demands of growing families with dynamic lifestyles while offering the same characteristics usually found in the Prius DNA. It will share the present generation Prius' stage and Hybrid Synergy Drive innovation. Highlighting a compact exterior yet roomy interior, the Toyota Prius V will highlight more than 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius.

With a harmony between exceptional roominess, polished style, and sleek aerodynamics, Toyota Prius V has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not impede the car’s convenient packaging. It is a fresh vehicle created starting from the ground up, with a form that developed from Prius as opposed to being an elongated rendition.

The exterior styling is smooth, rounded and striking, with an expanded roofline that enables the car to keep the triangular outline emblematic of Prius. The trapezoidal-shaped front accentuates sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for enhanced aerodynamics and an expanded under grille, which all helps make a distinguishable design evolving from the present Prius. Toyota Prius V's rear styling is accentuated by a polished backdoor panel, convoluted combination taillights and an exceptionally designed roof spoiler that enhances air flow.

Inside, the Toyota Prius V highlights total proportion with roominess and versatility for dynamic families. Comfortable interior space and great visibility have been aided by a high seating position, sufficient head room, and a remarkable 38-inch couple distance, allowing for a lavish rear legroom. A low, wide-opening rear hatch uncovers 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, making it the most spacious-dedicated hybrid car on the market and superior to some compact SUVs.

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